Middle East

The Israeli Macron?

Jennifer Gerber  |  17 July 2017

He has only been a member of the Israeli Labor party for seven months, but last week Avi Gabbay was elected its leader. Jennifer Gerber explains his meteoric rise on the centre-left Avi Gabbay, a political outsider, was elected leader of the Israeli Labor party on Monday. His upset victory – in the second round …

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Last resort not never resort

Ian McKenzie  |  13 December 2016

It turns out they were wrong, those people who told us that the only outcome to the Syrian genocide was a political solution. It turns out that there were two military solutions after all. One was to arm the secular moderate opposition to the fascist Assad, who were asking for a few MANPADS to down …

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When we choose to look away has consequences too

Alison McGovern MP  |  12 October 2016

The crisis in Syria has been going on for years. Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime has led to more than 400,000 deaths, millions fleeing for their lives, and hospitals and schools being reduced to rubble on a daily basis. A once developed and educated country is now a battleground where countless innocent people are condemned to …

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Defeating Daesh

Gary Kent  |  30 November 2015

We cannot hide in the futile hope that Daesh will look elsewhere. Yet, many blame western policy rather than the autonomous agency of this fascism. Jeremy Corbyn argues that, ‘It is the conflict in Syria and the consequences of the Iraq war which have created the conditions for Isis to thrive and spread its murderous …

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The meaning of internationalism

Jacqui Smith  |  16 November 2015

What a very grim weekend it has been watching the aftermath of the Paris attacks. I have turned down many requests for interviews as I dislike the need for speculation and anger-driven conclusions which immediate responses require. However, three days on, I offer here a few reflections on Friday’s events. First, my heart goes out …

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Time for a straight-talking debate about Syria

Gary Kent  |  8 September 2015

Let’s have a straight-talking and honest political debate about Syria, Iraq and the refugee crisis. Our accepting 4,000, 40,000 or 400,000 Syrian refugees would alleviate problems, massively for those who settle here, but make little difference to millions displaced in the Middle East. Some highlight the impact of refugees on western economies but the normally …

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‘A concentration camp above ground, a mass grave beneath’

Gary Kent  |  27 August 2015

Iraq remains a four-letter word in British politics that just keeps giving. Owen Jones‘ recent effusive encomium in the Guardian to Jeremy Corbyn and his pledge to apologise for what Jones calls ‘the greatest western foreign policy catastrophe of our time’ also lists crimes and consequences which flowed from the 2003 invasion. Jones’ list is, …

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To defeat the terrorists we must defeat defeatism

John Slinger  |  7 July 2015

The terrorist group calling itself Islamic State is far from defeatist – it believes it will win. Given the defeatism displayed by the international community, especially the west, who can blame them? Defeatism leads to inaction. Inaction has consequences, for the countries concerned and ultimately, as the horrific events in Tunisia show, for our citizens. …

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We need to talk about Syria

James Denselow  |  22 June 2015

The prime minster made headlines over the weekend as he warned that Muslim communities in Britain were ‘quietly condoning’ the ideology of Islamic State. Cameron called for more ‘personal responsibility’ to address the continued threat of British civilians travelling to the Middle East and potentially returning with hostile intent. Yet the arguments that IS use …

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The Kurdish Spring

Gary Kent  |  10 March 2015

That ‘Snow is the primary form of precipitation in Kurdistan’ may astonish those new to Kurdish issues. The mountain snow irrigates the land where agriculture was born. The mountains have also long been seen by the Kurds as their only friends given how many times they have sought refuge there, as recently as last year …

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